The Mchinji District Magistrate Court on Monday, sentenced Spirianal Jere to 12 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour for raping 81 year-old woman contrary to section 133 of penal code.
The court heard that on December 24, 2015 at around 11pm, the convict entered into the house of Mrs. Steria Fulomesiyo Nyoni while she was asleep. The convict then closed the mouth and nose of the elderly woman so that she should not shout for help while doing his merciless actions, and again threatened her that he would end her if she shouted.
The woman told the court that she could not contain his pressure. She remorsefuly narrated to the presiding Magistrate that she tried to shout but there was rain and all her neighbours were unable to hear her screeming.
After some thorough investigations by the Malawi Police, the convict was arrested on December 24, 2015 and given a bail to come back on January 16, 2016 but he run away. He was then tracked by the police and was rearrested on May 19, 2016 in Molosiyo Village.
Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Gerald Ngoma said this was one of the serious cases in Mchinji and Malawi as a whole, the woman is very old and since this incident happened she has been physically and emotionally affected.
He therefore pleaded with the presiding Magistrate to give him a stiffer punishment since he has shown no respect to elderly people and it will also deter the would – be offenders from doing the same thing.
He was therefore Slapped 12 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour.
Spirianal Jere comes from Mlonyeni village in the area of Traditional Authority Mulonyeni in the district.